The Snows of Kilimanjaro

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  90 min.
Release Date: February 10, 2012 (limited)
DVD: April 3, 2012

Current rating: Rating: 5.00
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Cast: Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Ariane Ascaride, Gérard Meylan, Marilyne Canto, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, Anaïs Demoustier, Adrien Jolivet


Union representative Michel (Jean-Pierre Darroussin) is freshly unemployed because, as a crew boss and a socialist at a shipyard in Marseilles, he thought his name should also go into the hat when the company held a draw for downsizing. Michel's wife, Ariane (Ariane Ascaride), cleans the homes of the wealthy for a living.

On the occasion of their wedding anniversary, Michel and Ariane, who are in their fifties, are given money and two tickets for a trip to Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa from their family and friends. Soon after, during a quiet evening at home, two masked men break in and beat them violently before taking all their money.

When Michel finds out that one of the attackers is a shipyard employee who was laid off, and who is responsible for his two younger brothers, he and Marie-Claire find themselves immersed in a moral dilemma. In French with English subtitles.

Director: Robert Guédiguian
Studio: Mongrel Media
Screenplay: Jean-Louis Milesi, Robert Guédiguian
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  • 5 stars "classic teaming of gregory peck and ava gardner is just as thrilling as ever, and it's quite possible the film has never looked this good given the fine restoration accorded this historic re-release."
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